Are Fennecs Foxes?

2010/11/02
By Sabrina
Are Fennecs Foxes?

Fennecs are not a popular type of fox. In case you never in fact have heard of one, Fennecs are a type of fox found in the Sahara Desert and also in North Africa. Fennec Foxes, however, vary greatly compared to other foxes because of their unique traits. They are very special additions to...
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The Invisible Predator of the Depth

2010/11/01
By Monica
The Invisible Predator of the Depth

There have always been conversations about animals with the power of camouflage and now there is even more to talk about.  A certain species of jellyfish can almost make itself ‘invisible.  This meaning that the jellyfish can make itself unknown to the prey it is about to capture.  The full name of this specimen...
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Why Do Fish Swim in Schools?

2010/10/28
By Aurora
Why Do Fish Swim in Schools?

According to an online article, research in the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis discovered that fish organize themselves better when they feel under attack.  The more stressed the fish feel, the more they pay attention to each other’s movements.  They believe that the level of synchronization makes it harder for predators to pick...
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Armadillidiidae – Roly Polies!

2010/10/26
By Ms Baker
Armadillidiidae – Roly Polies!

The 9th grade biology students have been studying the behavior of the common pillbug, Armadillidiiadae vulgarae.  This terrestrial crustacean is affectionately known as a roly poly for its defensive behavior seen below. In their lab, students have been placing pillbugs into the observation chambers below. In their first experiment, students set up one side...
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Spore, The Evolutionary Game

2010/10/25
By Dan
Spore, The Evolutionary Game

Spore™ is a computer game released in 2008, commonly known for its recurring concept of evolution, both biologically and technologically/culturally. Spore takes you not only through a creatures’ family tree, but the way culture and technology develops after it becomes a dominant and sentient species.  Spore gives you the remarkable ability to design your...
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Congratulations to the students selected to attend Science Online ’11!

2010/10/19
By Ms Baker
Congratulations to the students selected to attend Science Online ’11!

What is Science Online?  See videos from last year’s conference and our previous blog posts about the conference.
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Fireflies Light Up Hope for Coronary Heart Disease Patients

2010/10/18
By Leyla
Fireflies Light Up Hope for Coronary Heart Disease Patients

If you ask most people what connection there is between the human heart and fireflies, they probably won’t have any idea what you’re talking about.  If you ask Steven Ebert, a professor at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine, however, he’ll tell you that fireflies may one day help...
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Have No Fear, Food Allergy Prevention is Here!

2010/10/18
By Alice
Have No Fear, Food Allergy Prevention is Here!

Millions of people across the world suffer from food allergies. A food allergy is an unusual response triggered by the body’s immune system after eating a certain food, which can result in signs or symptoms such as digestive problems, hives, swollen airways, or death in severe cases. The most common foods that trigger allergic...
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Genes: The Thrill of Life?

2010/10/13
By Gabriela
Genes: The Thrill of Life?

Have you ever wondered why some people seek thrills? Or what makes people act this way?  Recent studies, such as the one described in this article, have shown that the reason for said behavior may be hidden in your genes. Jaime Derringer has been testing specific genes with mutations that are related to the...
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Can Rhesus Monkeys Recognize Their Own Reflection?

2010/10/13
By Emily
Can Rhesus Monkeys Recognize Their Own Reflection?

Have you ever wondered why your pet doesn’t strike a pose when in front of a mirror? Well, that’s because most animals cannot recognize themselves in a mirror! Recent testing and studies conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have shown that new head implants are able to trigger self-awareness, or the ability to understand...
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New Species of Dinosaur Discovered

2010/10/12
By Samantha
New Species of Dinosaur Discovered

Do you like dinosaurs? Well, if you do, this is the article for you. Scientists just made a significant discovery and advance in paleontology, because in recent discoveries, two new species of horned dinosaurs were found. Their names are the Utahceratops gettyi and the Kosmoceratops richardsoni. The fossils of these dinosaurs were found in...
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Do Fish Have Fears?

2010/10/06
By Molly
Do Fish Have Fears?

Of course, every human has a phobia of some sort, or something that frightens them every time they see, hear, or think about it. Plus, most fears humans have are natural and are subconscious.  On the other hand, goldfish can be trained to be frightened of images or things around them. New research and...
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What’s Your Favorite Biology-related Book or Movie?

2010/09/29
By Ms Baker

When I was very young I watched The Secret of NIMH. This movie had a huge impact on me. I would even credit it with starting me on the career path to biology! While the movie is entirely fiction (with anthropomorphic talking rats!), as a kid I was swept away with the idea that...
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Protected: Autism and Vaccines: Together as One?

2010/08/06
By Ms Baker

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
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Like Father, Like Son

2010/06/29
By Jackie
Like Father, Like Son

Note from Ms. Baker: This summer, I’m working in the Nitabach Lab in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Yale as part of a NIH grant.  My goal is to create an AP Biology-level lab curriculum that uses Drosophilia to teach students concepts related to classical & modern genetics, physiology, and animal...
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Themes in Biology – Regulation (part 2)

2010/05/04
By Karisa
Themes in Biology – Regulation (part 2)

Regulation is the adaption of form of an organism or a particular system. Our bodies as well as our environments undergo regulation all the time.  Regulation is a major component of all life functions. Regulation occurs at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels, as well as to populations, communities, and biospheres. Regulation is a process...
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